Sunshine, Light, and Joy


This is a post that I've been thinking about for awhile. Recently, I opened up the discussion to other members of the staff to get their feelings on the matter, and their opinions generally matched mine, which is this:

Within the last year or so, there's been a steady increase of negative posts in movie threads. We've always had some heated discussions for some movies, but recently things have not only gotten more histrionic in those threads (generally speaking, the CBM ones), but they've started to spread to other franchises and other movies as well. I'm not talking about out-and-out trolling, I'm talking about members feeling they have to consistently shit on a movie (or studio, or star) simply because they aren't interested in the current project or projects. With every piece of news about a movie, it's now a virtual guarantee that there's a flood of people rushing to say they think it sucks, they don't like the current trailer/tv spot/actor/actress/director/concept. And I get it -- we all have movies we don't like, movies which we think are bad ideas, industry people that just don't appeal to us. But there's a fine line between expressing your opinion about this and doing it so often, with such consistency, that the collective emphasis of all of it basically brings down the entire thread and thus the entire forum.

There's no easy answer to this. We don't want to crush freedom of expression here. But at the same time, the spirit of this forum is for people to have fun talking about the movies they love and the box-office runs they love.

To have fun.

And while it may be fun -- in a sense -- to personally vent about a movie, or to vent at people who dare to enjoy something you don't, it doesn't bring fun to our community. In fact, it generally drags down the overall fun for everyone else. We've had people repeatedly mention to us over the last several months or so that in some cases they don't even bother going into some threads -- even for movies they're curious about! -- because they just don't want to deal with the overall mess those threads contain. And frankly, that matches the personal opinion of most of the staff as well.

So this post is both a request and a warning. 

The request: Next time you feel like taking a dump on a movie (or a topic) for the dozenth time, take a moment to consider whether it's really worth it. People probably already have a good idea of what your attitude about the project is. Maybe just put your posting energy into a movie that you enjoy and love or are excited about.

The warning: The staff is going to be taking a closer look at some of these threads and we'll be more active with temp thread-bans if we think it'll help the overall vibe of the forum. I'd rather we don't have to, but it's not going to constrain any of you too much if you aren't allowed to post about a movie you supposedly don't care about anyway.

Remember the words of Bill and Ted: "Be Excellent to Each Other".

They're just movies, guys. It's about having fun.

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  1. I'm pretty sure fans will flock regardless of whether or not it is a "good" movie. Impressive number, but I don't think DH will be in much danger come November. I don't think twilight numbers will get the same kind of boost HP got for being the last movie.
  2. haha time will tell. But, you are right. By no means was it as bad as Batman And Robin, but still, I think the timing was just right. The cast and the creative team plateaued and its time for a fresh start. Back in the day you could just interchange Batman or whoever and really have no backlash. Now, I think when there is a complete change like we are seeing with spidey you have to start fresh.
  3. I have no reason to think that audiences would be cynical to a reboot. A terrible third film, new director, completely new cast... it all makes sense to me. Personally, I'm happy for a fresh start.
  4. The Phantom Menace- D (thought an F would be too harsh)Attack of the Clones- C-Revenge of the Sith- A-A new hope- B-Empire Strikes Back- B+/A-Return of the Jedi- B-TPM and AOTC are the absolute worst for obvious reasons. Revenge of the Sith is my favorite of all and really saved the second trilogy. Enjoyed all of the original trilogy, but Empire Strikes Back is without question the best. As far as ROTJ, I agree with Noctis, the Ewoks really hurt that film for me.
  5. I'm Sure their excuse is something along the lines of "It just didn't work with the pacing of the film."
  6. I'm pretty sure J.K. Rowling likes the later films better.
  7. Films1. Deathly Hallows Part 22. Deathly Hallows Part 13. Prisoner of Azkaban4. Order of the Phoenix5. Half Blood Prince6. Goblet of Fire7. Sorcerers Stone8. Chamber of SecretsBooksDeathly HallowsOrder of the PhoenixGoblet of FireHalf Blood PrinceSorcerers StonePrisoner of AzkabanChamber of SecretsHBP was good and looked great, but i thought they played the romantic comedy aspect of it way too much. Had an overall better and entertaining viewing experience with OOTP. POA is third purely because of the way Cuaron changed the whole landscape and look of the series. The books are pretty self explanatory, most of us seem to like the last four in some sequence the best.
  8. Goodfellas hands down.
  9. L.A. Confidential and Good Will Hunting
  10. Shawshank Redemption, Pulp Fiction, Forrest Gump, and Lion King.
  11. Absolutely a great decade for movies. I didn't even mention Sunset Boulevard, A Street Car Named Desire, 12 Angry Men, and countless others I am forgetting. the list does go on and on.
  12. Rear Window, North By Northwest, Vertigo, All About Eve. Lots of Hitchcock in there.
  13. I cant wait for this on Blu-Ray. The extra features are great I've heard, but there is only about 4 minutes of deleted scenes which is a little disappointing. I'm sure they aren't trying to release all the footage they have at once, which is understandable.
  14. I was really looking forward to this movie, but the reviews have been sub-par at best to this point.